December 6 – December 31, 2014
The City of Charleston celebrates the holiday season this December with Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston, offering FREE, family-friendly activities, performances and decorations that capture the spirit of the season for everyone in the community. We hope that you will join us to make this year especially festive!
Schedule of Festivities:
Friday, December 19th Join us in Marion Square, Visit with Santa and Ms. Claus, enjoy live entertainment provided by community groups and enjoy the decorations and fun activities.
Sunday, December 21st following the last Holiday Market, you can enjoy Chanukah in the Square from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Enjoy free food and live entertainment.
Friday, December 26th join us in Marion Square for the lighting of the first candle of the Kwanzaa Kinari.
Wednesday, December 31st ring in the New Year at Happy New Year, Charleston! in Marion Square from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, an admission-free, non-alcoholic, family-friendly celebration of the arts.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs at (843) 724-7305.
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December 20 at 3:00pm
When the Herdmans—the worst kids in town, somehow wrangle the leading roles in the holiday Christmas Pageant—nothing is safe, not even the communion wine. From the hilarious and moving children’s book by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has become the contemporary children’s classic of every holiday season.
All Tickets $22.50
Tickets available online 24/7 at www.charlestonstage.com.
Tickets by phone available Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm (Also open Sa 1pm-5pm show weeks only) by calling (843) 577-7183.
December 19, 2014 | 7:00 PM | St. Theresa the Little Flower Church, Summerville
December 20, 2014 | 7:30 PM | St. Andrews Church, Mount Pleasant
Michael Rossi, Conductor | CSO Chamber Chorus
Now a popular Lowcountry holiday tradition, get your tickets in advance as these concerts are sure to sell out! Michael Rossi (who last conducted the CS Planets in 2012) returns to lead Handel’s Messiah.
For tickets and more information call (843) 723- 7528 or visit CharlestonSymphony.org
Through December 20, 2014
This all new production of Dickens’s classic features dazzling special effects including ghosts that fly through the air, spectacular new scenery, new period costumes and new musical arrangements. Julian Wiles’s acclaimed adaptation has been expanded to include an alive and kicking Jacob Marley who opens the show trying to “out Scrooge” Ol’ Scrooge himself. Featuring a professional cast of more than 30 singers, dancers, actors and musicians, Charleston Stage’s brand new production of A Christmas Carol is this year’s holiday event not to be missed.
Adapted from Charles Dickens
December 3, 5-6, 11-13 and 18-20 at 7:30pm
December 7 at 5pm
December 14 and 21 at 3pm
Adults $38.50 – $57.50
Seniors (60+) $36.50 – $55.50
Students (25 and under) and Active Military $22.50 – $45.50 Tickets available online 24/7 at www.charlestonstage.com. Tickets by phone available Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm (Also open Sa 1pm-5pm show weeks only) by calling (843) 577-7183.
Through December 20, 2014
From the celebrated writer of the cult classics Sordid Livesand Daddy’s Dyin’: Who’s Got the Will? comes the tale of Willi, a long suffering housewife filled with regret and trapped in an abusive relationship with her husband J.D. who won’t allow her to get job or reach out to their estranged gay son. When hot new thing Rayleen moves to the trailerpark and disrupts her life, Willi, along with the support of her sharp tongued best friend La Sonia, takes matters into her own hands as she struggles to seek her own identity. Part laugh out loud comedy and part domestic drama, Willi’s life is narrated by a mysterious blues singer who helps show her the way.
**This show contains adult language and violence
Admission: $15-$20. Threshold Repertory Theatre 84 1/2 Society Street, Charleston, SC. For more information visit www.whatifproductions.org
Through December 20, 2014
A fresh and creative new musical adaptation of the timeless film It’s a Wonderful Life.
A musical based on Frank Capra’s beloved film It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle in Bedford Falls tells the story of George Bailey, a man who is rescued by the appearance of his guardian angel, Clarence, who by helping George earns his wings. Miracle in Bedford Falls features all the famous lines from It’s a Wonderful Life plus memorable, toe-tapping, original music. Fun for the entire family, this perennial favorite leaves you singing with joy and cozy with the warm glow of the holiday spirit.
December 5, 6, 11–13, 18–20 AT 8:00PM
December 7, 14, 21 AT 3:00PM
Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen Street, Charleston, SC
For more information visit http://footlightplayers.net/2014-2015-season/
Through December 21, 2014
Recapture the joy of the small things ~ like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…
Retired Austrian naval officer and widower, Captain Georg Von Trapp, is running his home as strictly as the ships he once captained. He writes the nearby convent asking for a Governess that can handle his seven mischievous children and Maria is tasked with the job. Through music and various outings, Maria gives the children a taste of a more fulfilling and joyous life as she overcomes the hostility that past governesses could not. The Captain grows closer to his children, and unknowingly, he and Maria fall helplessly in love. The Captain is engaged, and Maria is a postulant but these personal conflicts are overshadowed by world events. The freedoms of all are in danger, for it’s 1938, and Germany is marching in Austria. The Captain may soon find himself forced into the German navy and fighting against his own country!
*This show contains thematic material and is suitable for all audiences.
8 PM Shows: December 5-6, 11-13, 18-20
3 PM Shows: December 7, 14, 21
Admission: $25. James F. Dean Theater, 133 South Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483. For more information visit http://www.flowertownplayers.org/soundofmusic
Through December 21, 2014
From holiday classics to spiritual favorites and everything in between, this year’s Charleston Christmas Special has something for everyone. This annual show has become a true holiday tradition for individuals and families all over the Lowcountry and beyond.
Producers Brad and Jennifer Moranz are bringing back audience favorites while creating entirely new musical performances and comedy sketches. Highlights include a quartet of men singing II Divo’s version of “O Holy Night,” Julie Bell performing Christian artist Sandi Patty’s version of “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and Eddie Wilson playing Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” on piano. Plus, even the youngest audience members will enjoy a medley of children’s holiday favorites, including “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.”
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston, SC. Tickets are $36 for adults; $33 for seniors (age 62 and up) and military; $19 for students 21 and under; $16 for children 12 and under. Additional Etix fees may apply. Group rates are available; call 843-416-8453. On Kids Free Night Dec. 18, guests can receive one free kid’s ticket with the purchase of a paid adult/senior ticket. For ticket information, visit www.bradandjennifermoranz.com
New this year is a Dinner & Show ticket option. For $60 per person, guests receive one show ticket (evening performances only) plus a pre-fix three-course dinner at Vincent Chicco’s, an Italian-American restaurant located next door to the Charleston Music Hall. Dinner & Show ticket does not include etix fees, dinner tax/gratuity. It cannot be combined with other promotions or offers and wine specials are an additional fee.
December 22-23, 2014 at 7:30pm
Join in Charleston’s newest holiday tradition – Hans Christian Anderson’s holiday classic comes to life as snowflakes swirl, turkeys trot, and flames come to life in the original ballet of The Little Match Girl. With an original score by Charleston native Laura Ball and choreography by Jonathan Tabbert, the musicians of Chamber Music Charleston and the pre-professional youth company of the Charleston Dance Institute bring holiday magic to the stage of the majestic Sottile Theatre.
A beautiful tale for all ages, the Little Match Girl tells the story of a young girl selling her wares on a cold winters day – as she struggles to keep warm, she lights each match in her bundle and visions dance before her of warm coal stoves, holiday roasts, and festive parties.
$10 Students, $15 Seniors, $25 Adults, $35 Gold Circle, $75 VIP and Artist Reception. Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street, Charleston, SC. For more information visit http://uneditedartists.org/event/little-match-girl-an-original-ballet-production-730pm/
Through December 27, 2014
This Christmas believe that your greatest wishes can come true; even those you didn’t know to wish for. Returning for a third holiday season is the laughingly lovely story of a heavenly stranger, a hapless handyman, a hopeless hostess, a hopping-mad Santa, and their hysterical hunt for the holy grail of wish granting, a winning lottery ticket! The show that has sold out the last two Decembers returns to the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre. Friends, family, and co-workers looking to share some laughs this season, and those who like their holiday entertainment a little bit silly, a little bit sweet. Rated: PG (Contains humor and content perhaps over the heads of children under age 9)
Admission: $15-$24. The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, 164 Church Street, Charleston, SC. To buy tickets please visit: https://www.charlestonmysteries.com/sweettchristmas.php
Through December 27, 2014
From the event that brought you Waffle Haus Christmas, we’re proud to reintroduce PURE Holiday Shorts. Join us for what is certain to be the crowning counter-holiday programing event of the season with work from playwright-in-residence David Lee Nelson, PURE Core Ensemble member R.W. Smith, and PURE co-founder Rodney Lee Rogers. We guarantee it won’t be dull.
Admission: $18-$30. For more information visit http://puretheatre.org/